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Lady SONIC newest team

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

If young women were looking for a place to play local soccer professionally, they've found a new home.

FC Lehigh Valley United Lady SONIC will join their male counterparts (FC LVU SONIC) this summer as a professional local club.

Men's team head coach Dave Weitzman conducted an open tryout for prospective players on March 10, evaluating 40 women and 40 men during the first offseason session at finding new talent.

Weitzman helped lead the men's team to a national...

Golf program helps girls

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by SCOTT W. PAGEL in Sports

If you're a female between the ages of 7-17 living in, or around, the Lehigh Valley area and want to learn more about the game of golf, consider yourself lucky.

The LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of the Lehigh Valley and Southern Lehigh Valley could be a program that's exactly what you're looking for.

Back in 2004, the YWCA of Bethlehem started the Girls Golf of the Lehigh Valley program at Southmoore Golf Course in Bath. Since then, almost 700 girls have come through.

In 2006,...

Patriots have balance

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom track and field coach, Artie Owens, is heading into his third year with the Patriots, and is finding a nice balance of leadership and youth for the 2013 season.

Owens may already have a head start with middle distance and distance runners who ran on Freedom's league and district champion cross country team, including Chris Kelly and Doo Park, who are also returners to the track team.

"Since cross country did so well, I'm hoping my mid-distance and distance runners will...

Hawks win third-straight, Cruz golden

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic's Darian Cruz completed his high school career with a 16-4 major decision over Bedford's Ryan Easter to capture his second consecutive PIAA Class 2A title, this time at 120 pounds.

Cruz won the title at 106 pounds last year.

Cruz had never wrestled Easter before, but adjusted quickly en route to the title.

"I had no time to feel him (Easter) out or figure out what he knows how to do best," Cruz said. "I just tried to do what I know how to do best and...

BC advances

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball coach Bill Lanscek had a surprise up his sleeve in the Golden Hawks' 60-43 victory over Bonner Prendergast in the first round of the Class 3A PIAA state championships on Saturday, when he started junior guard, Janelle Robinson, after shoulder surgery had kept her on the bench for the past several weeks.

"The girls were thrilled to have her back. She takes the pressure off the other guards, and she was a great pick-me-up for the team. She's not 100...

FHS returns with 2 medals

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

It wasn't talked about outside of Freedom's wrestling circles during the season, but with the PIAA championships wrapping up over the weekend in Hershey, Jake Young can finally rest.

Freedom head coach Brandon Hall kept Young's injuries quiet. The sophomore himself wasn't about to make excuses either, but dealing with a torn meniscus in his right knee and an injured shoulder would have shut down most wrestler's seasons.

Not for Young however.

Young (170) proceeded nearly...

Bill Walton to speak at this year's Via banquet

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by The Press in Sports

Via of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce the keynote speaker sponsored by the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Basketball Banquet, an sports event honoring the finest basketball talent from the 35 high schools in the greater Lehigh Valley. Bill Walton, all-star basketball legend, two time NBA and NCAA Champion, and NBA MVP, is the keynote speaker for what promises to be an exciting night to honor Lehigh Valley basketball. The banquet will take place Wednesday, March...

Hawk boys fall

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by TODD KRESS Special to the Press in Sports

Matt Husek opened up the fourth quarter of last Friday's PIAA 3A first-round matchup against Pope John Paul II with a jumper that gave Bethlehem Catholic their largest lead of the night at 45-38.

Everything then seemed to go downhill for the Hawks.

The Golden Panthers (16-9), District 1's number two seed, went on to score 12 of the next 16 points to go ahead by one with 1:33 left to play. And despite a costly Hawks turnover with 1:02 remaining, Becahi (13-12) still clung to...

Freedom cheerleaders take first place in Hershey

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Freedom Patriots competition cheerleading squad got a huge boost last weekend with a first place victory in the Level 4 Division, and an overall grand champion victory at the Mardi Gras Cheerleading Competition in Hershey, Pa.

The Pates are currently on their way to Disneyworld, where they will compete at the Americheer International Competition March 13-16.

"We always like Mardi Gras because we are four-time returning champs," said Freedom cheerleader, Sarah Callahan....

Burcin wins 5 medals

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

2012 Liberty graduate and Washington College freshman, Eric Burcin, won five medals, including two gold, and broke several school records at the Centennial Conference Championship Swim Meet last month at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

Burcin's first gold medal came in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.54, breaking the school record he had set in preliminaries with a time of 58.68. Burcin's new record had not been broken in 16 years.

"It felt great. I was...